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Live Review: Lucy Rose with Pete Roe at London Electric Brixton – 22nd November 2012

 
By on Wednesday, 5th December 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

It’s been a roller coaster year for Lucy Rose. Stepping out of the shadows of Bombay Bicycle Club has proven to be a transition well worth making and as the year winds up, she’s proven to be one of the standout artists of it. Fitting then, that tonight, back in the city she calls home; Lucy and her full accompanying band are playing their biggest headline show to date and yet she still appears to be the same friendly, shy artist that she was when ‘Middle of the Bed’ first appeared almost 18 months ago.

Support at tonight’s show at Brixton’s Electric comes from Pete Roe. All round nice guy and Lucy’s guitar tech for the night, Roe’s music is inoffensive and enjoyable, yet is in little danger of being as popular as contemporaries Benjamin Francis Leftwich or Jamie N Commons. Still, he does well to set the scene for Rose.

As Lucy Rose takes to the stage, she’s as unassuming as ever; even as cheered on by fifteen hundred fans she sits on her stool and begins. With just one record, you’d think it would be difficult to fill such a high profile headline set, but with seeming effortlessness Lucy Rose moves between literally every track on it. From most, this would seem both pedantic and boring, but with ‘Like I Used To’, you really do have a record that, for the most part is enjoyable from start to finish. Even weaker tracks like ‘Shiver’ and ‘Night Bus’, which make an appearance towards the front of the set are given a new lease on life in Rose’s live setting as you rekindle the endearing nature that the tracks exuded on their first listen.

Rose keeps crowd interaction to a minimum aside from explaining how much the night means to her (a lot) and that she’s going to try play 30 seconds of a track that’s not yet really been written. The latter results in an equally big cheer as the former, even though the following minute is by far the strangest of the evening, but she follows this confusing moment with ‘Middle of the Bed’, putting to rest any doubts you may have been building about how good she really is as a performer.

In ‘Bikes’, a track that had seen her presented with a pint of milk at the show in Liverpool, the lines “listen up, listen here, everybody scream out loud” are met with abundant cheers that border on deafening as everyone present appears to be willing Rose on to succeed and with that, the main set is over. TGTF’s highlight of the night however, is the closing track. Just when you think she might be leaving it out for personal reasons (‘Like I Used To’ is of course, a very personal record), ‘Be Alright’ is played. “In my heart you would stay a while with me, and we danced until the morning light / You said to me we’ll be alright”, she sings in her quaint manner. It’s fitting in so many ways and with that, you feel that this roller coaster has finished on a high, musically and emotionally.

 

Album Review: Lucy Rose – Like I Used To

 
By on Monday, 10th September 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Lucy Rose’s half-decade career has been well documented. From her gold record with Bombay Bicycle Club, her extensive touring on the festival circuit and slow drip of new material over time to keep the wave of acclaim building, it’s a career that’s already reached heights that most only ever dream of. So, can she keep it up with this, her highly anticipated debut album ‘Like I Used To’?

‘Red Face’ opens with a crash before settling into her almost trademark gentile vocals and from there, you’re trapped. Deciding to listen to something else before this album has finished is a challenge, from listening to it on travels to even just lying in bed. You want to keep listening through the familiar yet fresh sounding ‘Middle of the Bed’ and continue through all eleven tracks.

But it’s the two newest singles ‘Lines’ (Video of the Moment here) and ‘Bikes’ (Video of the Moment here) that steal the show. There’s a simplicity to both of them that seems to erupt into the kind of tracks that Laura Marling’s sets have been needing of late: energy.  They build the kind of atmosphere that similar songwriter Ben Howard has been pushing to the top of the billing for the last year or two. And it’s the style of music that could see Rose through success beyond that of both. The comparisons in terms of overall sound to Marling are sparse, but let’s not forget that she came through Noah and the Whale to get her foot in the door.

Elsewhere on the record, it’s hard to find a weak spot. Whilst some of the album tracks sound a bit too similar to make for a hugely original record (‘First’, ‘Shiver’ and ‘Night Bus’ [Watch Listen and Tell video from 2 years ago at the end of this post] are all in danger of falling into this category), it’s not that Lucy Rose is hugely different or original that makes her an interesting artist. It’s the honesty and endearing nature of her songwriting. If you heard a track like album closer ‘Be Alright’ on a Coldplay or Mumford record, you’d flush it out as overglazed “what you want to hear” music; in Lucy’s repertoire though, there’s the uplifting nature of what feels like a story we don’t know behind it and that’s almost so relatable, it’s a cliché. Luckily, by this point in the album, you’re so fond of these semi-autobiographical songs that clichés are lost to honesty, and that’s what makes this album so special.

8/10

‘Like I Used To’ is out Monday the 24th of September on Columbia. John interviewed Lucy at Reading last month; read that interview here. You can also catch Rose on tour in October and November. Update 19 September: Thanks to her lovely PR people, you can stream the album below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aei31Nj_pdA[/youtube]

 

Reading 2012: Day 1 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 30th August 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

With the site in glorious condition, the adverse weather tormenting the rest of the UK holding off and hundreds of the world’s finest bands waiting to play, Reading 2012 kicked off in style. Deaf Havana, who TGTF spoke to later that day, opened up the iconic Main Stage just after midday and played a rousing set.

With only a six song set to work with, the band tore ferociously through their most popular songs, opening with the hook laden ‘I Will Try’, Deaf Havana later moved into single ‘I’m a Bore, Mostly’, a track that manages to be unrecognisably epic for the middle of the day. The band closed their brief set with ‘The Past Six Years,’ a track which played live is a pleasure to listen to in all it’s pop punk glory. (7/10)

With the Main Stage suitably warmed up by Deaf Havana, it’s time for an early spot by some prog rock heroes in the form of Coheed and Cambria. The crowd is, as expected, an eclectic mix of teenagers waiting for You Me at Six, so that they can touch Josh Franceschi’s lower thigh, mixed in with your seasoned music lovers, all ready for a set of truly epic proportions.

Coheed and Cambria, deliver exactly what you’d expect from a band whose lead singer has what can only described as a small mane around his neck. A set of noodling riffs and screaming guitar solos, coupled with classic C&C stalwarts ‘The Running Free’ and the exceedingly awesome ‘Welcome Home’. Coheed didn’t need to do anything except turn up and rock out with their cocks out and phallic references aside, they did and it was awesome. (9/10)

Next up, one of the breakthrough acts of the past twelve months appeared on the BBC Introducing Stage for an impromptu secret set. alt-J are the buzz band at the moment, everyone wants a piece of them and why not? With their interesting mix of indie melodies and dubby drops, they are accessible to a huge audience. Their set was short, but too much of a good thing can be bad, and with them playing the Festival Republic Stage later that day, the few songs they played was enough to get the sizable crowd they attracted appetite whetted suitably. (8/10)

Following up from a set attracting as much interest as alt-J did was never going to be a task bands would be jumping up and down about, but the understated acoustic driven rhythms of Park Bench Society were a joy to listen to and the perfect remedy to that middle of the day hangover you get at festivals when your legs start to seize up. The three, sixteen year old lads from Loughborough performed admirably and while the crowd didn’t seem to receive them well, it’s obvious that there’s some talent there. (6/10)

After a brief interlude to schmooze around the press tent and rock out with another TGTF favourite Lucy Rose, it was time to take in the pint-sized prodigy herself on the Festival Republic Stage. Now while Rose may be known for her work with Bombay Bicycle Club most prominently, her solo work is taking off rapidly and she’s already been described by Vogue Magazine as “one of indie music’s breakout stars for 2012”.

With an arsenal of striking acoustic numbers, Lucy Rose, is an artist who doesn’t need to even try, be in complete control of the crowd. She owns it from start to finish. Tracks ‘Scar’ and ‘Red Face’ are instantly recognizable as the Radio1 stalwarts they are going to become and with these grand tunes, she’s going to be on that A-List in no time at all. Oh, and add to that, she’s cute as a button… (9/10)

With just a sort break, Lucy Rose has to up sticks and amble off to the Main Stage where she performed with indie superstars Bombay Bicycle Club (pictured at top). Now, Bombay seemed to me to have been an odd choice to be third on the Main Stage. However, by 7 o’clock when they’d finished, I had no idea why I was thinking such mad thoughts. Steadman, Rose and co. made the Main Stage theirs, drawing from all of the bands albums and busting out crowd pleasers like the ever bouncy ‘Shuffle’. Steadman’s personality doesn’t seem like the kind of person who can own the Main Stage in such a way, but he surprised me and a higher billing can only await the band now. (8/10)

Following Bombay were Reading Festival favourites Paramore, next up on the Main Stage. Frontwoman Hayley Williams was in charge from square one and backed by the ever impressive Justin York on guitar the pop punk icons ploughed through a set with enough hooks to land Jaws.

To top it off, Williams brought a fan on stage to join in with the set. Now when I see an artist do that I always think, cheesy move. But for that person, it’s an experience of a lifetime, which will live with them for all their years and for gestures like that, I can only commend the fiery haired songstress for this action. While older songs like ‘Misery Business’ and ‘Pressure’ went down a storm, in my opinion it was newer song ‘Monster’ that really captured the essence of what Paramore at Reading Festival were about. A damn good time and some catchy as hell choruses. (8/10)

To close the day, it was a choice between an ageing legend in the form of Robert Smith from the Cure, or a rip roaring set from garage rockers The Subways.

So the choice was made. The Alternative Stage was my destination and a chaotic set filled with some massive tunes ensued. HEAVY AS HELL.

Day 1 closed with one hell of a bang, which the Subways handily delivered. (9/10)

 

Interview: Lucy Rose at Reading 2012

 
By on Thursday, 30th August 2012 at 11:00 am
 

At 23 years old, Lucy Rose has (excuse the cliché) the world at her feet and while those feet may be extraordinarily little, the world is truly hers for the taking. “It feels like there’s a long way to go still for me, hopefully it’s going in the right direction, which is nice. Doing things like the signing tent, things that I have never done before, I just didn’t expect the reception that I got from people.

“There was one girl at the signing tent who had the shakes and when she handed over the piece of paper I felt really bad about how nervous she was.”

Reading Festival, being the rock heavy mêlée that it is, sounds like a strange place to find a folk songstress like Rose it seems, hence her surprise when she was added to the legendary bill. “It’s the biggest festival really, in the UK. I never thought my music would be welcome here. It’s quite a rock heavy festival and I just didn’t expect to be on the line-up.

“Well, with Bombay, I knew we were going to be here already. But I didn’t push for me to do it [as a solo artist], as I just thought it was never going to happen. Two shows in one day, is this even a good idea, I thought? Initially I just thought, let’s just try it just to see if it works, I just didn’t want to let down Bombay as well!”

Playing with Bombay Bicycle Club has taken up a lot of Lucy’s life over the last few years, after she met Jack Steadman while she was supposed to be studying geography at University College London. “This [Reading] is like the biggest show they have ever done, and it’s been something they’ve been looking forward to for such a long time, and I’m just so pleased that finally they got it.

“I feel they are always underestimated on festival line-ups. I mean everywhere they go, world-wide massive crowds come. I’m more nervous about their show really, as I haven’t played with the band in a really long time.”

But while working with Bombay has been a big part of her life, Rose’s solo work has taken off, exponentially, over the past 12 months. Her melodic blend of hauntingly pure and honest lyrics over a subtle acoustic guitar has made her somewhat a bit of a cult folk hero. It’s easy to see why though; the girl exudes that kind of approachability you want from your idols.

And her solo music is influenced by so many different things, far and wide, she tells us. “In a weird way, everything influences me: books, films, other music and especially discovering new music is one of the most inspiring things. Neil Young is my hero; he just influences me never-endingly.”

With her solo career in its relative infancy, Rose came up with a novel way of promoting herself at shows by selling tea. Yes, tea. And before you ask, she’d gladly suit down for a cuppa and a ginger nut with you, which by the way, is her favourite biscuit. “I didn’t have any merchandise, I didn’t have any CDs or anything and I just couldn’t think of anything else that I wanted to sell but tea. It’s a blend of Earl Grey and Full English Breakfast. I’m a big tea drinker.”

The future seems bright for the Warwickshire-born folk singer, but Lucy is modest as ever about what the next 12 months has in store. “I’m not expecting anything in the future; I just hope I don’t get dropped, really.”

So expect the unexpected from this artist. She isn’t one to fit to type in the classic singer/songwriter mould. Turns out, she’s also a bit metal inside. You couldn’t tell though.

“I did a stage dive the other day. [Though] I got caught, it was like the best experience ever and it was the first time I had a drink at a gig in ages and I just ended up jumping into the crowd and crowd surfing. I felt like the biggest badass ever.”

Lucy Rose’s debut album, ‘Like I Used To’, will be out on the 24th of September on Columbia. The single ‘Bikes’ will drop a week earlier, on 17 September. Catch her on a massive UK tour – nearly a month long – in October and November. Special thanks to Lucy for stopping for a chat with us and Jonathan for sorting this interview.

 

Lucy Rose / October and November 2012 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 28th August 2012 at 3:00 pm
 

Lucy Rose has announced a massive tour of the UK and Ireland for this autumn. A presale begins tomorrow (29 Wednesday 2012), with the general sale on Friday 31 August at 9 AM.

Her debut album ‘Like I Used To’, featuring singles ‘Bikes’ and ‘Lines’, will be released on the 24th of September on Columbia.

Saturday 20th October 2012 – Oxford East Oxford Centre
Sunday 21st October 2012 – Nottingham Bodega
Monday 22nd October 2012 – Cambridge Junction 1
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – High Wycombe Bucks University
Thursday 25th October 2012 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Friday 26th October 2012 – Birmingham Temple
Sunday 28th October 2012 – Sheffield Plug
Monday 29th October 2012 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 30th October 2012 – Newcastle Academy 2
Thursday 1st November 2012 – Glasgow Arches
Friday 2nd November 2012 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Saturday 3rd November 2012 – Belfast Auntie Annie’s
Sunday 4th November 2012 – Dublin Whelan’s
Tuesday 6th November 2012 – Liverpool Kazimier
Wednesday 7th November 2012 – Hull Fruit
Thursday 8th November 2012 – Leicester Scholars Bar
Saturday 10th November 2012 – Coventry Kasbah
Sunday 11th November 2012 – Norwich Arts Centre
Monday 12th November 2012 – Brighton Coalition
Wednesday 14th November 2012 – Southampton Joiners
Thursday 15th November 2012 – Bristol Fleece
Friday 16th November 2012 – Cardiff Gate
Saturday 17th November 2012 – Reading Minster Church
Monday 19th November 2012 – Winchester Railway Inn
Tuesday 20th November 2012 – Guildford Boileroom
Thursday 22nd November 2012 – London Electric Brixton

 

Video of the Moment #927: Lucy Rose

 
By on Friday, 17th August 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Lucy Rose has a new video for ‘Bikes’. If you’ve ever fantasised Lucy as a ‘bad girl’ then look no further than this promo, in which the singer/songwriter dons leather and is the leader of her own motorcycle gang. Having met the lovely woman before, this sounded so implausible, I couldn’t look away. Watch the video below.

The single ‘Bikes’ is out on the 17th of September, 1 week before her debut album ‘Like I Used To’ will be released on Columbia, on the 24th of September.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJe_ofKqC4o[/youtube]

 
 
 

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